March 16, 2023 – Emergency services are a big part of UC Health’s legacy. The UC Department of Emergency Medicine is home to the first residency training program in the U.S., and the program celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2020. The department attracts top medical students from across the country to train in Cincinnati, and its faculty are national leaders in clinical teaching and research.
When UC Health got the greenlight to build a new facility for its emergency department from the ground up, leadership wanted the physical building to match their top tier ranking from a clinical perspective. To do that, they needed supply chain to play a key role.
The project was announced in October 2019. Ground was broken on the structures in late summer 2021, and completion is expected in late summer 2023, according to the IDN. The project includes:
- Expand the UC Medical Center Emergency Department (ED) onto a previously vacant lot adjacent to the hospital. The 41,000-square-foot addition will significantly improve capacity and patient flow, including reconfigured access for patient arrivals via ambulance and private vehicles.
- Renovate the existing 35,000-square-foot ED to provide additional emergency response ability and “surge” capacity for emergency and crisis situations.
- New construction of three additional floors above the new emergency department to accommodate an observation unit, a flexible ICU and a new 28-bed unit.
- New construction of a four-story surgical building that will expand surgical capacity at the hospital, adding eight new operating rooms as well as new waiting areas and pre-operative clinics.
Read more in the latest issue of The Journal of Healthcare Contracting.